The Community Sustainability Division of the Office of Planning and Sustainability is focused on creating connections, choices, and community for a sustainable Chapel Hill.


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Sustainability and the Chapel Hill 2020 comprehensive plan

The Town’s Chapel Hill 2020 comprehensive plan is the centerpiece of policies that promote compact, mixed-use development, alternative transportation, greenway development, and environmental protection. Each of these measures is aimed toward minimizing fossil fuel dependency, thereby reducing greenhouse gas emissions and their contribution to global warming.

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What is the Environmental Stewardship Advisory Board? 

The charge of the environmental stewardship advisory board is to assist the Chapel Hill Town Council in strengthening environmentally responsible practices that protect, promote and nurture our community and the natural world through advice and program support.

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Did you know?

  • The Town of Chapel Hill was qualified as a Sierra Club “Cool City” by the U.S. Council of Mayors.  
  • The Town has set a goal of reducing carbon emissions 60 percent below 2005 levels by 2050.
  • The Town has joined the Cities for Climate Protection Campaign, a program sponsored by the International Council of Local Environmental Initiatives (ICLEI), and work with Carrboro, Hillsborough, and Orange County to reduce regional greenhouse gas emissions.
  • The Town is committed to purchasing environmentally sensitive products, including biofuel and hybrid vehicles for the municipal fleet.
  • The Town has ensured that all Town buildings built after 2005 are outstanding examples of sustainable building practices, such as those prescribed by the LEED “Silver” certification program. A good example is the Town Operations Center which includes a geothermal heating system, underground tanks to hold rainwater for flushing toilets and irrigation, and passive and active solar design feature of daylighting.

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